Departed singer Mark Pascall has admitted the chance to open up for Michael Schenker later this year is a golden opportunity the fast-rising quartet simply couldn’t pass up.

The band releases new single Are You Ready on Friday but it’s a question Schenker doesn’t need to ask ahead of November’s Michael Schenker Fest mini tour.

Departed will approach the gigs all guns blazing and Pascall said: “Touring with Michael Schenker is an incredible opportunity.

“He is a legendary figure in rock n roll. And he is a significant part of rock history.

“It will also be great to see Graham Bonnet again, as we opened for him in Bristol last year. “The Michael Schenker Fest tour is going to be a memorable and proud time for the band.”

Devon-based Departed released their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album earlier this year.

The record features guitarist Ben Brookland (ex-Treatment), with lead vocals and bass guitar from Pascall and special guest drummer Chris Rivers Nuttall (Heaven’s Basement). It was mixed by Jonny Rocker (Heavens Basement) and mastered by Ade Emsley (Iron Maiden).

During the last year Departed have played alongside Status Quo, Big Country, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, Chuck Mosley (Faith No More), and the Graham Bonnet Band.

The current line-up, which includes Pascall, Brookland, Howie Spring (bass) and Connor Spring (drums), became permanent in March 2016.